Adriane GoetzSticky Fingers: a raging downtown Phoenix dance party for the cool kids.Sticky Fingers was fun as a "Motherf***ing Rock N Roll Dance Party" Friday nights at Rips Ales & Cocktails, but it's become nothing short of pandemonius (for lack of an appropriate "real word") since moving t ... More >>
Adriane GoetzPointing fingers at 910 Live in Tempe.As a lifelong Phoenician, it's hard not to get all nostalgic for the old Boston's when stepping foot into 910 Live, but even without its dirt lot and smelly interior, the location has once again become a great place to see bands. We stopped ... More >>
Adriane GoetzHigh times at Philthy Phil's.Another Friday, another debaucherously fun night at Philthy Phil's (they serve drinks in plastic buckets for god's sake). See the "Fu@% it Bucket" induced happenings for yourself in our slideshow!
Adriane GoetzThere were fashion statements from bowties to cloaks at Sanctum last Saturday night.There's a little 80s darkwave goth kid inside all of us, so we were elated to get a serious fix Saturday night at Sanctum, everyone's favorite local vampire disco. From Q Lazzarus to Concrete Blo ... More >>
Adriane GoetzTattooed Model Mayhem at Boston's Friday night.Apparently Boston's in Tempe isn't just for gourmet pizza anymore. Black Eyed Saint clothing took over the sports bar/pizzeria Friday night for its Evil Ball/fashion show/hot rod and bike show and New Times was there to chew bubblegu ... More >>
Adriane GoetzLoving life at Bar Smith. Phoenicians finally have their choice of dance venues on Friday nights, but Bar Smith was among the first to do it right and its Fuse Fridays are still going strong. Check out our slideshow from last Friday, where special guest DJ Udachi lit up the rooftop d ... More >>
Adriane GoetzBe afraid. Be very afraid.With Friday the 13th films playing on every TV screen, an entire staff of slasher victims and a visit from Jason Voorhees himself, it was a real massacre at Monkey Pants in Tempe on Friday night. Check out our slideshow for all the gory details.
Adriane GoetzCaution: curves ahead.Hell yes the Lady Gaga show was crazy, but the after party at Crotch Rockitt with guest DJs Lady Starlight and Semi Precious Weapons was Monster Balls-to-the-walls. Peep our slideshow to see drinking, dancing, debauchery and outrageous club fashion at its Pho ... More >>
It's people like you who made this job worth it . . . especially you on the left.Well, kids, it's been a long road of late nights, wild parties, and ridiculous conversations with drunkards. But it's time to say goodbye because this is the last of Club Candids you will see from this writer.Don't w ... More >>
Adriane GoetzGet up offa' that thing, and dance til you feel better.There were plenty of synchronized dance moves, laser lights and ski masks to go around at Club Sanctum Friday night. Check out our Sanctum slideshow to see all the action.
Adriane GoetzBlunt Club: still bumpin' after all these years.Sometimes the best time and place to dance will surprise you. More often than you'd expect, a Thursday night at Tempe's Yucca Tap Room is a way better time to "get down" than a Friday night at [insert any typical dance club here], t ... More >>
Adriane GoetzWallpaper: if you don't know, you betta ax somebody.Sometimes you get really lucky and stumble into a rowdy Sunday night, like Oakland synth-rock duo Wallpaper's dance-tastic show at the Sail Inn over the weekend. Peep the slideshow to see all kinds of beautiful fools goin' T-Rex ... More >>
Adriane GoetzComedians and Baseball fans and hip kids, oh my!.A lot of folks fell down the rabbit hole Saturday night at Hotel San Carlos, but that's what happens when you offer $3 cocktails.... See what transpired in our slideshow.
New Times Summer Guide -- pick up an issue today to get yours.You know the Alice Waters-inspired hunt for truly perfect ingredients has reached its zenith when restaurants are boasting about their designer ice cubes.Seriously -- it turns out that having the highest quality ice is a huge deal for ... More >>
Adriane GoetzTGI-WTFF (Now there's an acronym you can set your watch to).Folks at The Stray Cat were wild'n out in a serious way at WTFunk Friday last weekend. See what you missed in our WTFunk Friday slideshow.
Adriane GoetzRockin' out at the Big Fish Pub.Sundays in Tempe can be kind of a drag, but with Southwest Psycho's new endeavor at the Big Fish Pub, anyone whose musical interests include the suffix "billy" has a new Sunday spot to see live music and shake a tail-feather. Cruise the slideshow ... More >>
Adriane GoetzTry getting this bad-boy out of a machine at the 7-eleven ....It's that time of year in the Valley again when stepping outside into the parching desert heat makes it nearly impossible to accomplish anything beyond whining, getting wet in any way possible, and drinking. And what ... More >>
Adriane GoetzWOW the Party: sorry, no relation to World of Warcraft.No one in Scottsdale was safe Friday night when WOW the Party took over Martini Ranch with three rooms of dancing and more than a dozen DJs. Check out the slideshow.
Adriane GoetzThe new Seven Lounge on 7th Street and Alvarado in Phoenix.7th Street-goers can have a drink and a smoke to celebrate the the newest destination in the budding network of local businesses just north of McDowell Road in the Coronado District. The neighborhood that already boasts ... More >>
Adriane GoetzSt. George would be proud.This weekend the George & Dragon pub celebrated British patron saint George (as it has every April for the last 15 years) with live performances from eight kickass local bands including (but not limited to) the Love Me Nots, Glass Heroes, Automatic Erase ... More >>
Adriane GoetzIf the name of the night didn't get your attention, this ought to.There's nothing like a new dance night with an elaborately-dressed crowd and an eclectic music selection to make Valley nightlife feel almost fresh again. The fleshy burlesque and S&M performances didn't hurt eith ... More >>
Does anything run on schedule anymore? We've heard of "theatre time," in which shows from the lamest high school production to Broadway showstoppers start fifteen minutes after curtain. Then there's "poet time," a lame excuse to hold the start of a spoken word show until there's a ... More >>
Adriane GoetzCherry-infused Woodford Reserve bourbon and pineapple-strawberry-infused gin at the Phoenician's Grape & Grain boutique.Even with top shelf alcohol, a mixed drink is only as good as its mixer. A cheap, artificially flavored juice can totally ruin the taste; and the usual "soda, j ... More >>
Adriane GoetzThe Grape & Grain at the Phoenician.You don't generally associate Scottsdale's Phoenician resort with "affordable retail," but in the case of it's latest endeavor Grape & Grain, you actually can. While it is considered a wine, beer and spirits boutique, the Grape & Grain doesn't ... More >>
Adriane GoetzMaking the scene at The Vig in Phoenix. Check the slide show for more pics.Nothing beats a little outdoor drinking on a cool spring night; and not even the wind and sporadic spats of rain could deter the party people from yucking it up outside at The Vig on Saturday night. Check ... More >>
By Adriane Goetz.You really can't blame folks for wanting to get a little boozed up on this holiday.If you're hooked up, it's time to get loose and get kinky. If you're single, there's no better time for some drunken wallowing. And, if you get lucky, you'll find another lonely soul at a bar.Such ... More >>
Adriane GoetzIt just might be OK to go to Mill Avenue again.Generally, the thought of a "night out" on Mill Avenue gives us a sickening feeling normally reserved for positive lab test results or finding half of a roach in our food, but after checking out Sucker Punch Sally's bar/diner on Friday ... More >>
Adriane GoetzFun for one and all at the District Lounge Friday night.Rainy weekends often leave Phoenix lookin' like a ghost town, but fortunately the flurry of droplets didn't rain on the Sheraton's Skyline Friday night. Special guest DJ Goldsmith joined residents Senbad and Deon for thei ... More >>
Adriane GoetzEgalitarianism at its finest.Everyone loves a birthdays party, especially when the guest of honor it is part of a kickass crew with tons of friends and fans. Thursday night's Bombshelter DJ birthday bash (for DJ Emile) blew up Tempe's Cherry Lounge & Pit, a venue that has recen ... More >>
Adriane GoetzLivin' it up at the Hoedown. When throwing oneself a birthday party, you can't go wrong with a Hulkster theme (of course, having 20-ish DJs, live art, a bike expo and a secret downtown location don't hurt either). Ali Karim and crew put their party planning skills to the test this S ... More >>
Adriane GoetzJennifer Banaszewski brings a touch of class to the typical Irish drink fare.With the holidays come a strong sense of nostalgia, and there's nothing more nostalgic for us than sipping Hot chocolate (with a shot of Bailey's, of course) bundled up near a heat lamp on the Casey Moo ... More >>
Adriane GoetzJennifer Banaszewski is the queen of happy hour at Casey Moore's.When informing a potential love interest of your plans to hit Casey Moore's this weekend, there's no romantic deal-breaker quite like the "Who's Casey?" response. The neighborhood bar housed in a historical prope ... More >>
Adriane Goetz"Evil" Jeannie Thein serves drinks with a light heart and a heavy pour.One of the most crucial tenets of bartending (after knowing how to make drinks and faking interest in customers' sob stories) is to never stop learning, whether it's a new drink recipe or a lesson in human be ... More >>
Adriane GoetzYou can't go wrong when you've got an Evil Jeannie-us tending bar.Being a Phoenician ain't easy; you have to know about every under-the-radar spot in the Valley, remember the names of everyone you meet, financially support every new local business that springs up, mourn the loss ... More >>
photo by Adriane Goetz Joe, showing a little leg...You cheeky devil, youSheriff Joe Arpaio's circus came to ASU's Cronkite School of Journalism Monday night, only to be cut short by the sounds of a pro-immigrant ditty, sung to the tune of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.The evening was filled with protest ... More >>
Adriane GoetzParty Foul gave Homme Lounge one hell of a sendoff on Friday night.For the last four years, Homme Lounge has hosted dance nights for every music scene from hip hip to industrial to indie rock; but its most consistently crowded affair for the last year and a half has been its Pa ... More >>
Adriane GoetzThe Ginger Old Fashioned, made exclusively by Ted Grossman at Shady's.The plush leather booths, dim lighting and retro jukebox tunes give Shady's somewhat of an old fashioned vibe, but with Ted Grossman is behind the bar, you'll swear you're in a Brooklyn speakeasy circa the 196 ... More >>
Adriane GoetzThere was no shortage of holiday spirit at the Rogue on Saturday.After five long years of indie/rock/electro/etc. dance tunes, celebrity guest DJs and stylish drunks gyrating on the dance floor, Shake! finally let out its death rattle. Fortunately the old dame went out with a ban ... More >>
Adriane GoetzThe $2 Shark Fart at the Swizzle Inn.The Shark Fart tastes better than it sounds, I promise. This is one of Dar Bieling's favorite drinks to make because she loves shaking the hell out of the tumbler. Hey, she's gotta get that aggression out somehow if she wants to remain, as ow ... More >>
Adriane GoetzDarlene "Dar" Bieling is a booze-slingin' ray of sunshine at Phoenix's Swizzle Inn.Dar is a class act. She never forgets your drink and is as pleasant as can be. She's a top notch bartender, and is atrociously gorgeous. This isn't how Darlene (or "Dar" as she's more commonly ... More >>
Adriane GoetzEmbracing the "Desert Bender" at Blackforest Mill in Phoenix.If you've never read VICE MAGAZINE, you get an "F" on your Hipster 101 exam (it's gonna take a ton of coke and American Apparel merchandise if you want to pass now). Starting as a punk zine in 1994, the New York City base ... More >>
Adriane GoetzTwo-for-one "Gore Girl" Death Pageant contestants at the International Horror & Sci-fi Film Festival at MADCAP Theaters in Tempe.Hard to believe the International Horror & Sci-fi Film Festival has terrorized the Valley for five years now. To our delight, the three-day affair ... More >>
Adriane GoetzThe R&CFM martini's refreshing taste can be deceiving.The Turf Restaurant and Pub may be an Irish bar, but Jameson and Guinness are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to The Turf's list o' libations. No matter what yer poison, The Turf's bartenders can make it--and they do ... More >>
Adriane GoetzBrian Barnes at Turf Restaurant & Pub.There are people who tend bar, and then there are bartenders. Both can mix you a drink and take your money, but a true bartender wears more hats than a balding boy band. One must learn to be drink-maker, host, counselor, server, cashier, bo ... More >>
Adriane GoetzWe've been covering the Phoenix Suns dance team auditions since they started earlier this month (slideshow here). So why quit now?The Suns -- who also operate a basketball team tacitly connected with their very popular dance squad -- announced the results of their fan-selected squad ... More >>
Adriane GoetzStreet Sweeper Social Club guitarist Tom MorelloBy Adriane Goetz"We're not just a band...we're a social club!"Boots Riley repeated this phrase several times throughout Street Sweeper Social Club's performance on Thursday night, and while the largely high school aged crowd didn't seem ... More >>
Adriane GoetzChillin' pool side. See more shots in our Club Candids slide show. Star Swim and Adult Swim, two of the most popular pool parties from last summer have really amped up their game. Walk into the lobby of the Wyndham Hotel where they are both booked for the rest of the summer and prepare ... More >>
Adriane GoetzSee more shots in our Playboy Slide Show. How did Playboy Magazine represent during All-Star Weekend? With a massive issue release party complete with bunnies. See shots from the event in our Playboy party slide show. And if you haven't seen it yet, don't skip out on scoping our cove ... More >>
By Jonathan McNamara While I'm sure all of you are planning to spend the weekend reading biographies on our founding fathers and saluting the flag, here are a few less patriotic suggestions you may wish to employ. Friday: First Friday Just because it's Independence Day doesn't mean the monthly ... More >>